NEGROS OCCIDENTAL PROVINCIAL CAPITOL LAGOON AND PARK
The Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol Lagoon and Park is located in Lacson St., Bacolod City. Centrally situated along the street where many restaurants can be found, the Capitol Lagoon is one place where you might want to stroll after eating.
Prominent features of the park are the matching sculptures depicting a woman standing alongside a water buffalo and that of a man pulling another water buffalo. These sculptures are located at the northern and southern ends of the lagoon. These figures were executed by Italian sculpture Francesco Riccardo Monti who also did the sculptures of the Metropolitan Manila Theater and the University of the Philippines – Visayas Iloilo campus. Guillermo Tolentino also contributed as a sculptor of the figures.
Popular activities at the park include jogging, Zumba, school dance rehearsals, and martial arts practice. In the afternoon, you can spot families strolling at the Capitol Lagoon . You can also spot some people feeding the tilapias at the lagoon and for a hobbyist like me, taking pictures…
The imposing Provincial Capitol serves as a nice backdrop of the park. The Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol building is the landmark in the park . It is the official seat of the Governor of the province. Different government offices of the province serving its thirteen cities and municipalities are also located in the vicinity of the park.
The Provincial Capitol was constructed 1926 during the time of Governor Jose Locsin. The Provincial Capitol building was a reflection of the province’s status as the wealthiest at that time due to the boost in the sugar industry. The building was even used by the Japanese Imperial Army during the World War II as their headquarters.
The Lagoon which has thousands of tilapias…feeding these feeds are popular activities among families visiting the lagoon